PMP® Exam Change Moves to June 2020

  • Giving heed to the popular feedback, PMI has postponed the PMP exam outline change.
  • Candidates can now write PMP exam based on old outline till 30th June 2020.
  • While the PMP examination is set to change from July 1st, 2020, the PMBOK® V7 is set to release in 2021.

Project Management Institute (PMI®) takes into consideration the feedback shared by numerous stakeholders and postpones the PMP® certification exam change to June 2020. The new exam outline will come into effect from 1st July 2020. In an earlier announcement by PMI, which came in June 2019, PMP examination was set to change from 15th December 2019. While the current PMP examination has 5 domains: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing, the new PMP® exam outline will be set around 3 domains: People, Process and Business Environment.

However, the change was met with feedback from various stakeholders mentioning that they need more time to adjust to the new examination change. PMI has finally decided to take heed to the feedback. Earlier today, PMI has released a notice through its website, notifying that they have finally decided to postpone the exam outline change date. You can read more about the announcement at PMP® Exam Change is Moving to June 2020.

Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints. This information is usually described in project documentation, created at the beginning of the development process. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary—and more ambitious—challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and apply them to meet pre-defined objectives.

What triggered the change?

PMI keeps an eye on the project management spectrum and conducts researches every 3 to 4 years to identify the current trends in project management spectrum, the requirement of professionals and improved ways to facilitate learning to project managers. In association with several industry experts, PMI had conducted the last set of researches in the year 2015 and has made an attempt to address the current need through the new PMP exam content outline.

What is new in the changed PMP® Exam?

While the PMP examination is set to change from July 1st, 2020, the PMBOK® V7 is set to release in 2021. This leaves the professionals preparing for PMP examination in a tricky situation. With the new exam outline, there are sections that are brand new to the examination and might not be available in PMBOK® V6 exam guide as well. PMI has promised the release of multiple documents that will help training providers and in turn the candidates to prepare for the new examination. As of now, PMI had released a mapping document that will help determine which inventory can be reused for PMP exam post 30th June 2020.

If you want to explore the changes that have been made in the new PMP exam outline, here is a good reed for you: What has changed in the new PMP Exam content outline?

People: The current PMP certification courses may have limited information of this section and whatever information is present may be woven throughout the course. 42% of the questions of the new PMP exam will be from this domain.

Process: This forms the major part of the previous structure and there would be abundant availability of this domain in all of the existing PMP® training course content. This will also form 50% of the questions in the new PMP examination.

Business Environment: This is another new domain and the availability of this domain will be less in the current courses and would be woven throughout the course. 8% of the questions in the new PMP exam will be from this section.

We at CP will keep you updated with all the advancements in the PMP exam change. If you are planning to take up PMP certification before the release of the new exam outline becomes effective, we can help you as well. We are running multiple 4-days PMP® Bootcamp every month. We believe in quality and are committed to connecting you to the best PMP training solutions. Happy Learning!

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